A loan of $1,675 helped to buy clothing, perfume, cremes, cosmetics, and other items that she sells..


Tania Isabel's story

The communal bank "St. Patrick's Credit" meets every two weeks in the Cuban neighborhood of the city of Manta. The city is known for its beautiful beaches, which are visited year-round, and also for being a city of unparalleled beauty with many tourist attractions.

Tania lives in this town. She is 32 years old and lives with her life partner. She does not yet have children. Her husband works in a factory in the city.

Tania is a housewife who, in order to earn her own income and help her husband with household expenses, works selling brand name clothing (Leonisa), as well as beauty and cosmetic products and accessories (from Avon and Yanbal). She goes door to door, working two or three hours per day, either in the morning or at night. She likes her job because it keeps her busy and she forgets about being alone while her husband is working. She has been working in this area for more than five years and things are going well. This loan will be used to buy clothing, perfume, cremes, cosmetics, and other items that she sells. She has participated in 6 loan cycles with her communal bank and she likes the help that is offered through the credits. Her dream is to have a child.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Debra McMahon


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